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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.51
COST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
86% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. COST: 1.51 )
COST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 5.83
Current: 1.51

0.01
5.83
Equity to Asset 0.36
COST's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
67% of the 559 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. COST: 0.36 )
COST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.54
Current: 0.36

0.32
0.54
Interest Coverage 28.50
COST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
77% of the 426 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.07 vs. COST: 28.50 )
COST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.83   Max: 129.33
Current: 28.5

1.83
129.33
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 5.76
M-Score: -2.67
WACC vs ROIC
7.23%
22.02%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 2.90
COST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 563 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.38 vs. COST: 2.90 )
COST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 3.24
Current: 2.9

0.7
3.24
Net-margin (%) 1.86
COST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
74% of the 563 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. COST: 1.86 )
COST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.01
Current: 1.86

0.75
2.01
ROE (%) 17.98
COST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 552 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.90 vs. COST: 17.98 )
COST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.3   Max: 17.79
Current: 17.98

11.3
17.79
ROA (%) 6.48
COST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 564 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.98 vs. COST: 6.48 )
COST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 5.09   Max: 7.84
Current: 6.48

5.09
7.84
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 22.81
COST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 563 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.25 vs. COST: 22.81 )
COST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 16.72   Max: 33.81
Current: 22.81

16.72
33.81
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 8.30
COST's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. COST: 8.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 14.9
Current: 8.3

4.8
14.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 9.00
COST's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 446 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. COST: 9.00 )
COST' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 6   Max: 20
Current: 9

6
20
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 12.10
COST's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 421 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.60 vs. COST: 12.10 )
COST' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 2.4   Max: 24.4
Current: 12.1

2.4
24.4
» COST's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 93,221 sh (+36.63%)
Bill Frels 2,514 sh (+27.68%)
Tom Russo 6,855 sh (+17.08%)
Ron Baron 16,700 sh (+16%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,839,788 sh (+5.93%)
Jeff Auxier 12,396 sh (+0.01%)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ken Fisher Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 740,247 sh (-0.39%)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (-0.76%)
Mario Gabelli 108,555 sh (-1%)
RS Investment Management 42,178 sh (-6.02%)
Chris Davis 11,535,342 sh (-8.9%)
PRIMECAP Management 933,150 sh (-35.07%)
Jim Simons 1,247,800 sh (-56.33%)
Paul Tudor Jones 3,490 sh (-60.76%)
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Q2 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Rogers 5,057 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 49,168 sh (+16.57%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,880,088 sh (+2.19%)
Jeff Auxier 12,397 sh (+0.01%)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 221,900 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 740,020 sh (-0.03%)
Mario Gabelli 106,320 sh (-2.06%)
Ron Baron 15,973 sh (-4.35%)
Bill Frels 2,266 sh (-9.86%)
Chris Davis 10,049,555 sh (-12.88%)
Jim Simons 1,050,900 sh (-15.78%)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (-17.51%)
Paul Tudor Jones 1,908 sh (-45.33%)
PRIMECAP Management 457,450 sh (-50.98%)
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Q3 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Signature Select Canadian Fund 72,300 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 1,602 sh (New)
Stanley Druckenmiller 158,100 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,554,913 sh (+47.96%)
RS Investment Management 54,413 sh (+10.67%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,047,548 sh (+8.91%)
John Rogers 5,221 sh (+3.24%)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,655 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 15,973 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 12,397 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 739,699 sh (-0.04%)
Mario Gabelli 105,460 sh (-0.81%)
Bill Frels 2,191 sh (-3.31%)
PRIMECAP Management 357,450 sh (-21.86%)
Chris Davis 6,603,246 sh (-34.29%)
Steven Cohen 74,400 sh (-66.47%)
» More
Q4 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ken Fisher 2,828 sh (+76.53%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with COST

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ken Fisher 2014-12-31 Add 76.53%$122.95 - $144.15 $ 142.995%2828
Chris Davis 2014-09-30 Reduce -34.29%1.17%$115.75 - $127.62 $ 142.9918%6603246
PRIMECAP Management 2014-09-30 Reduce -21.86%0.01%$115.75 - $127.62 $ 142.9918%357450
Ken Fisher 2014-09-30 New Buy$115.75 - $127.62 $ 142.9918%1602
Chris Davis 2014-06-30 Reduce -12.88%0.45%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 142.9925%10049555
PRIMECAP Management 2014-06-30 Reduce -50.98%0.06%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 142.9925%457450
John Rogers 2014-06-30 New Buy0.01%$110.65 - $118.23 $ 142.9925%5057
Chris Davis 2014-03-31 Reduce -8.9%0.33%$110.18 - $119.02 $ 142.9925%11535342
PRIMECAP Management 2014-03-31 Reduce -35.07%0.07%$110.18 - $119.02 $ 142.9925%933150
Ken Fisher 2014-03-31 Sold Out $110.18 - $119.02 $ 142.9925%0
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Top Ranked Articles about Costco Wholesale Corp

Davis Selected Advisers Chris Davis' Top Five Holdings for the First Quarter
Over the past quarter Chris Davis of Davis Selected Advisers reported a total portfolio of 184 stocks valued at $36.324 billion. The guru purchased 11 new stocks over the quarter.

Read more...
Costco’s Predictability Justifies Its Higher P/E
The stock market has had quite a run in the past five years, and there has been an increase in volatility lately. Given these concerns, I ran a screen for highly predictable, defensive stocks in the retail industry using the screener at GuruFocus. There were only a few results and Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST) was at the top of the list. At first glance, Costco looks expensive given its P/E of 25.80. I think that its high predictability and low volatility decreases the cost of equity for Costco and justifies its high P/E ratio. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 29.70
COST's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
71% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 24.20 vs. COST: 29.70 )
COST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 14.35   Max: 29.78
Current: 29.7

14.35
29.78
Forward P/E 24.33
COST's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
76% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.76 vs. COST: 24.33 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 29.70
COST's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
71% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 24.70 vs. COST: 29.70 )
COST' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 14.38   Max: 29.76
Current: 29.7

14.38
29.76
P/B 5.10
COST's P/B is ranked higher than
59% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.49 vs. COST: 5.10 )
COST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 5.11
Current: 5.1

1.86
5.11
P/S 0.55
COST's P/S is ranked higher than
72% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.56 vs. COST: 0.55 )
COST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.55

0.24
0.55
PFCF 28.77
COST's PFCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 43.37 vs. COST: 28.77 )
COST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.13   Max: 114.1
Current: 28.77

12.13
114.1
POCF 15.15
COST's POCF is ranked higher than
72% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 12.53 vs. COST: 15.15 )
COST' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 7.94   Max: 17.01
Current: 15.15

7.94
17.01
EV-to-EBIT 18.25
COST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
73% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 17.88 vs. COST: 18.25 )
COST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 18.8
Current: 18.25

8.6
18.8
PEG 2.86
COST's PEG is ranked higher than
86% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. COST: 2.86 )
COST' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.24   Max: 3.14
Current: 2.86

1.24
3.14
Shiller P/E 37.04
COST's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 34.46 vs. COST: 37.04 )
COST' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.31   Max: 37.16
Current: 37.04

16.31
37.16
Current Ratio 1.20
COST's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
75% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.14 vs. COST: 1.20 )
COST' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 1.25
Current: 1.2

0.91
1.25
Quick Ratio 0.59
COST's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
69% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. COST: 0.59 )
COST' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.13   Max: 0.66
Current: 0.59

0.13
0.66
Days Inventory 32.25
COST's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
77% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 37.90 vs. COST: 32.25 )
COST' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 28.51   Max: 31.69
Current: 32.25

28.51
31.69
Days Sales Outstanding 3.98
COST's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
89% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 16.83 vs. COST: 3.98 )
COST' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 1.98   Max: 4.77
Current: 3.98

1.98
4.77

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.96
COST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
73% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.72 vs. COST: 0.96 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 1.64
Current: 0.96

0.24
1.64
Dividend Payout 0.29
COST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
81% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.59 vs. COST: 0.29 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.38
Current: 0.29

0.16
0.38
Dividend growth (3y) 14.30
COST's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
89% of the 383 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. COST: 14.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 40.1
Current: 14.3

0
40.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.98
COST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
52% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.98 vs. COST: 1.98 )
COST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 3.24
Current: 1.98

0.47
3.24

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 5.09
COST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
68% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.56 vs. COST: 5.09 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.75   Max: 5.8
Current: 5.09

1.75
5.8
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.87
COST's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. COST: 1.87 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 7.95
Current: 1.87

1.02
7.95
Price/Median PS Value 1.32
COST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
69% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. COST: 1.32 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 1.92
Current: 1.32

0.43
1.92
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.76
COST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
88% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. COST: 2.76 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 3.03
Current: 2.76

1.35
3.03
Price/Graham Number 2.57
COST's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
73% of the 596 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.52 vs. COST: 2.57 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.17   Max: 3.12
Current: 2.57

1.17
3.12
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.50
COST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. COST: 5.50 )
COST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 11.6
Current: 5.5

5.3
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 13.52
COST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 430 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 8.79 vs. COST: 13.52 )
COST' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9.7   Max: 15.5
Current: 13.52

9.7
15.5

Analyst Estimate

Aug15 Aug16 Aug17
Revenue(Mil) 120,745 131,547 141,841
EPS($) 5.22 5.74 6.30
EPS without NRI($) 5.22 5.74 6.30

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
Compare:WMT, WMMVY, DG, FDO, DLTR » details
Traded in other countries:CTO.Germany, COST.Mexico, COST.Chile,
Costco Wholesale Corp was incorporated in Washington and started operations in 1983. The Company and its subsidiaries operate membership warehouses. It offers its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and select private-label products in merchandise categories. At the year end, the Company operated 663 warehouses worldwide: 468 United States (U.S.) locations (in 43 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico), 88 Canadian locations, 33 Mexico locations, 26 United Kingdom (U.K.) locations, 20 Japan locations, 11 Korea locations, 10 Taiwan locations, six Australia locations, and one Spain location. The Company's online business operates websites in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Mexico. The category of items sold includes Food including dry and institutionally packaged foods, Sundries including snack foods, candy, tobacco, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and cleaning and institutional supplies, Hardlines including major appliances, electronics, health and beauty aids, hardware, garden and patio, and office supplies, Fresh Food including meat, produce, deli, and bakery, Softlines including apparel, small appliances, and home furnishings, and Ancillary and Other including gas stations, pharmacy, food court, and optical. Ancillary businesses within or next to our warehouses provide expanded products and services and encourage members to shop more frequently. The ancillary businesses in operation include Food Courts, Photo Processing Centers, Optical Dispensing Centers, Pharmacies, Hearing-Aid Centers, Gas Stations and warehouses. Its trademarks include Costco Wholesale and its private label brand, Kirkland Signature. Marketing activities generally include community outreach programs to local businesses in new and existing markets and direct mail to prospective new members. Ongoing promotional programs primarily relate to coupon mailers, The Costco Connection (a magazine we publish for our members), and e-mails to members promoting selected merchandise. It competes with warehouse club operations across the U.S. and Mexico primarily Wal-Mart's Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club. In addition, it competes on a worldwide basis with global, national and regional wholesalers and retailers, including supermarkets, supercenters, department and specialty stores, gasoline stations, and internet retailers. Competitors such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl's and Amazon.com are among its significant general merchandise retail competitors. It also competes with operators selling a single category or narrow range of merchandise, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Office Depot, PetSmart, Staples, Kroger, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, CVS, Walgreens, and Best Buy.
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